North Atlantic right whales are one of the world’s most endangered large whale species, with only about 450 remaining. NOAA has developed regulations for boaters and fishermen to help protect these whales from vessel collisions and entanglements.
In 2017, more than 70 whales were entangled in fishing gear/marine debris. NOAA Fisheries and its partners successfully disentangled 20 whales, increasing their chances of survival. For some species, this may significantly boost recovery.
In his own words, a New England commercial fisherman talks about his love for fishing, fisheries management in the U.S., and why our seafood is the best in the world. Celebrate National Seafood Month with Chris Brown.
A shout-out to Seafood Month 2018 by Chris Brown, a commercial fisherman in New England.
The U.S. is a global leader in sustainable seafood thanks to a rigorous science-based fisheries management process. FishWatch provides info on popular seafood harvested or farmed in the U.S. to help consumers make smart, sustainable seafood choices.
Habitat Restoration at NOAA: 25 Years
Restoring wetlands, rivers, or corals reefs from natural or human-induced degradation is the focus of NOAA's Restoration Center, which is celebrating it's 25th year in existence.
Treasuring the Choptank: Residents and Scientists Envision a Healthier Chesapeake Bay
On Maryland's Eastern Shore, NOAA and partners are conducting science, restoring habitat, and working with community organizations to help residents develop and implement their vision for a healthy Choptank River.
Repairing the Reef: West Hawai’i Focuses on Habitat
On Hawai’i Island, NOAA is partnering with The Nature Conservancy, local communities, government agencies, non-profit organizations and businesses to restore habitat and improve coral reef health along with other natural and cultural resources.
Discover the Deep-Sea Corals of Maine
Scientists with NOAA Fisheries discover deep-sea coral gardens close to shore (25 miles) and shallow (700 feet). Unknown until 2014, these Gulf of Maine spots abound with corals, cod, and a snapping goosefish. Look out!
Restoring Native Shellfish: The Kenneth K. Chew Shellfish Hatchery
The Olympia oyster is the only oyster species native to the Pacific Northwest coast of the U.S. Populations are down and habitat is depleted for these oysters, and this new native shellfish hatchery has come online to help recover their populations.
Healthy Habitat: The Foundation of America's Seafood and Fisheries
Healthy habitat is the foundation of our nation's seafood and fisheries. Habitat provides important feeding and breeding grounds for fish and protected species and without healthy habitat, we cannot sustain the fisheries that will feed Americans now.
Renewed Passage: Buzzards Bay to the Acushnet River
Learn how NOAA Fisheries and its partners installed a "nature-like" fishway on the Acushnet River in Massachusetts to improve habitat and help migrating herring access prime spawning grounds.
A River Reborn: Restoring Salmon Habitat Along the Duwamish River
The Boeing Company worked with NOAA under a Natural Resource Damage Assessment to restore habitat harmed by historical industrial activities on the Lower Duwamish River. Learn how the project will benefit the community, fish, and wildlife.
Celebrating Sea Turtles
Happy Turtle Week, June 11-17, everyone! In celebration, NOAA Fisheries invites you to sit back and enjoy this 60-second montage of sea turtles in their natural habitat.
Species in the Spotlight
Tyonek: One Year Later
One year ago, a four-week-old male beluga whale stranded on a mudflat near Trading Bay in Cook Inlet, Alaska. He is part of an endangered population of beluga whales. A year after his rescue, he is thriving at SeaWorld San Antonio.
Killer Whales at Night: Helping Protect Southern Residents
Little is known about what killer whales do at night. To learn more, scientists use suction cup tags called DTAGs that can monitor whales’ nighttime behavior and responses to noise. Learn how this new information could help better protect the whales.
Leatherback Turtles: Understanding the Pacific Population
Leatherbacks have some of the longest migrations of any animal on Earth. Scientists study their movements using satellite tags and their diets using camera tags. Learn where they go, what they eat, and how to help this highly endangered species.
Species in the Spotlight: Cook Inlet Beluga Whale
There are five populations of beluga whales in Alaska, but only the Cook Inlet population is endangered. This video spotlights the different research projects underway to help recover this species, and how you can help.
Species in the Spotlight: White Abalone Recovery
One of eight abalone species in California, white abalone is critically endangered. Find out what scientists are doing to bring back this iconic sea snail in Southern California.
Species in the Spotlight: Atlantic Salmon
The Atlantic salmon is the only species of salmon native to the east coast of the U.S. Once celebrated as the “king of fish,” only 1% of the historic population remains. This video spotlights efforts to recover their population, and how you can help.
Species In The Spotlight: Hawaiian Monk Seal
Predation, marine debris, starvation, disease and fisheries interactions are the main threats to the critically low population of Hawaiian Monk seals.
Species in the Spotlight: Pacific Leatherback Turtle
Critically low populations of Pacific Leatherback sea turtles have put them in the spotlight for increased aid and attention. These sea turtles suffer from many threats. Find out what NOAA is doing and what you can do to help recover them.
Species in the Spotlight: Southern Resident Killer Whale
Southern Resident killer whales are one of NOAA Fisheries' Species in the Spotlight. What factors are contributing to this unique population's failure to thrive? Is there a plan for saving this endangered species? Watch the video for the answers.